Often overlooked, winter fishing in Nevada County offers a unique charm during the colder months. The crowds of boaters enjoying the warm weather are gone. It’s easier to find a good fishing spot and a chance to have the shores pretty much to yourself. Here’s a round-up of some of the best spots to throw your line in winter. Keep in mind that these locations offer year-round fishing, but it’s always a good idea to verify seasonal fishing regulations with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife before you cast your line.
The Yuba River is one of California’s prime fisheries for native wild rainbows. Winter fishing on this large tailwater can be outstanding, with some of the best winter dry fly action in the state of California! One of the most exciting things as a trout angler is to cast from a drift boat with a guide on these waters. With approximately 6 miles of pristine waters to explore and minimal crowds, you can relish the solitude. Whether you prefer drifting indicators or casting dry flies, this Northern California river offers it all. Just below the snow line near Grass Valley, there’s even hope of hooking a robust Steelhead. The Yuba River stands unrivaled for winter fly fishing, providing an unforgettable experience for trout enthusiasts.
Trout Creek Outfitters Tip: During this season, try using Blue Winged Olive (BWO) flies to entice rising ‘bows from the comfort of a drift boat.
Embrace the magic of winter in Truckee as it transforms into a snowy paradise, adorned with snow-capped peaks and pristine meadows. Amidst the classic winter pursuits of sledding and snowshoeing, there’s a distinctive experience waiting: fly fishing along the Truckee River.
On those sun-kissed days nestled between storms, this activity becomes a perfect outing. Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast or jump into some invigorating Nordic skiing. As the sun warms the waters, seize the opportunity to cast your flies in the serene stretches of the Truckee.
Additional Winter Havens
Year-round fishing bliss can also be found in Grass Valley and Nevada City at local lakes offering fantastic angling opportunities. Bullard’s Bar, Englebright Lake, Scotts Flat Lake, Lower Scotts Flat Lake, Rollins Lake, and Collins Lake are prime spots. And they particularly shine during the winter months.
While the trout fishing is consistently productive, winter adds an exciting challenge for anglers. Get ready to try your hand at fly fishing for bass. Whether you’re drawn to the thrill of bass or the rewarding pursuit of trout, these lakes provide a diverse and fulfilling experience for all fishing enthusiasts.
For more about fishing the waters of Nevada County, check out our article: Tips On Fishing In Northern California’s Nevada County. Stay up-to-date with the latest information by dropping by Trout Creek Outfitters or checking out their comprehensive weekly reports, available throughout the year. Your Nevada County winter adventure awaits!